About Us

Our Story

As university students and former journal committee members, we saw how much of the learning that happens in the classroom was very passive β€” a lot of lectures and note-taking but little opportunity to freely engage with and reflect on the material we were learning about. Also, the small number of places where students could publish their work was mostly journals that wanted old academic essays rather than pieces that authentically depicted what the writer actually cared about. As a result, articles were often left unread as most people don’t want to read more academic articles than they need to. In university, we already read enough in our own studies, much less read more during our free time.

The best way to fix this was to remove the constraints that academic writing places on students and create a platform where students can freely write about their own interests and take ownership of their own learning.

We decided the best way to fix this was to remove the constraints that academic writing places on students and create a platform where students can freely write about their own interests and take ownership of their own learning. Consequently, in 2019, The International Viewpoint was born.

Starting as a small but motivated group of four, we carefully designed our publication processes to enable student writers to freely and critically engage with issues that matter to them and which highlight their unique viewpoint. Our biggest mission when we set up The International Viewpoint was to encourage active learning by bridging the gap between university education and students’ interests. Our ultimate vision for our platform is to become a catalyst for productive dialogue within the Aberdeen student community by exposing students to the diverse perspectives of their peers.


We’re a platform where students can freely write about their own interests and take ownership of their own learning.